Can you put a price on the innocence of a child?
No, of course you cannot, but you can put a price on how much the Roman Catholic Church (more popularly known as the Vatican) has paid out in lawsuits for the epidemic of child sex abuse that is rampant in its ranks.
According to their research, since 1950, the Vatican has spent a mind numbing $3,994,797,060.10! Nearly $4 billion. And this is a conservative figure because we will never actually know for sure what was agreed upon “under the table”.
According to Patheos Insider who summarizes the disturbing findings;
That figure is based on a three-month investigation of data, including a review of more than 7,800 articles gleaned from LexisNexis Academic and NCR databases, as well as information from BishopAccountability.org and from reports from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Up until now, “nearly $3 billion” has been the most widely cited figure by media, academics and activists for the cost to the U.S. church for clergy sex abuse and its cover-up. NCR research shows that figure is too low, probably by as much as a billion dollars — and perhaps much more.
As a way of illustrating the magnitude of the costs to the U.S. church, if that amount were divided evenly among the nation’s 197 dioceses, each would receive nearly $20 million.
This is sick on so many levels. Innocent hard working people are giving their hard earned cash to the Church out of good faith and intentions which is then being used for law suits to pay for the crimes of sick “priests” that are sexually abusing little boys! It is beyond insane.
Then, when Pope Francis addressed hundreds of bishops concerning the abuse and dealing with it he had this to say;
“I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.”
“Generous commitment”??? Are you kidding me? It’s a damn obligation, and one that should be matched by criminal prosecution and jail time!